A Test-Exhibit

I will be graduating from art school in about 3 1/2 months. My final exam will be to host an art exhibit. I have an idea of what it will look like, but just for fun I decided to test-hang my 3 newest paintings. The same picture can look great or terrible just by how it is displayed. So here’s test 1.

(From left to right) Devil’s Canyon, Shadow under a Bridge, Water Power Plant

“Devil’s Canyon” and “Water Power Plant” done!

I am excited to say that “Devil’s Canyon” and “Water Power Plant” are done! It didn’t take much, but the last bits of painting take everything to the next level. I think both pictures are done, if anything I might add a little refinement to the lighting in “Water Power Plant”.

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Devil’s Canyon 2016
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Water Power Plant 2016


And here’s are the stages a painting goes through before being “finished”

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New Supplies – New Progress!

I went shopping this morning at an art supply store in Karlsruhe. Among other things I got new oil paint and some stuff for the unicorn helmets. In the end my bag was full and my wallet was not… (art supplies are expensive!)


Other Progress News:

-The helmets are looking great. They will be getting their hard shell very soon :)


-I will try to make casts of my papermaché-sculptures, especially Greedo and the Rhino-mask. They are currently infested with bugs and are slowly being eaten. Hard lesson learned: If you are making permanent sculptures with papermaché, don’t use flour, use wall paper paste!


The Tale of the Broken Canvas

Once apon a time, I built a canvas. I had built other canvases before, but this one went really wrong. It turned out bad, so bad that it couldn’t be fixed. So I had to destroy it. I took the canvas off and took the wood frame apart. Then I decided to build a new frame, this time with proper tools and better instruction than before.

Moral of the story: When you build a canvas frame and mess it up, just build a new one!


Work in Progress!

My paintings are developing. For the most part I’m happy with them, but sometimes things can go wrong, too: the frame for “Water Power Plant” unfortunately twisted because of the primer. The canvas pulled on the frame and now it’s messed up. I tried to bend
it back but then it broke. I will have to redo the frame and maybe even restring the canvas, but we’ll see about that…

“Devil’s Canyon” is starting to get a sky in and a few more (very rough and faint) outlines for the rocks.

I had an interesting conversation with some classmates of mine yesterday , about the different kind of attitudes in art academies and people.
It apparently is quite common that an art professor doesn’t show up a lot at art schools. Some academies even have so-called “assistant professors” to be there for the students while the “real” professor is only there for a few days a year. And yet they get paid a huge salary! Art academies seem to do this so they can brag about having so-and-so as their professor. But I think it’s just crazy!
Later in the conversation my class mate said that she thought computer scientists and certain other folks were weird. I found this slightly hypocritical, so I asked what she meant. I guess she meant they are “another kind” of weird. Well, that IS true, but I don’t see a problem with that. When she went on to say that only very few “crazy people” start studying art right out of high school, I laughed and said that this is exactly what I did. So she summed it up: I’m crazy, crazy determined. Now that’s a kind of crazy I am proud to be!

Updates on Art!

We had a Mexican exchange student in our class for this past semester. Part of the requirements for her was to host an exhibit of her work. She had her exhibit on tuesday evening and did well. She had previously been criticized by our professor for having little work and for the work being too illustrative, but it seems that she could turn it around for herself. She thinks a lot about the forest and the mythical connections to it, based on ancient Mexican mythology. She has become a friend of mine and if I ever go to Mexico City, I know who to call :)

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My paintings are still all pink and strong contrasting colors. But I’m happy with them, it’s a good foundation. I was surprised by how much paint I needed, especially for “Devil’s Canyon”, just to cover the canvas with a thin coat of pink. I might need to get new paint after this one…

Updates: Paintings and Costumes!

A few days ago I had posted that the painting “Shadow under a Bridge” was finished. But when I went to show it to my professor, he suggested to change the sky and the hills. I did what he suggested and like the result. It was good before, but now it’s even better!

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Shadow under a Bridge (new background)

As for “Works in Progress”: my remake of “Water Power Plant” got its first coat of background paint. It’s a bright pink (contrasting color) so that the layers on top (mostly greys and greens) will have more depth.
I am also going to remake “Devil’s Canyon” in oil. The frame is assemled and glued together, I still need to add the canvas and the primer before I can start painting it.

Now for something completely different: It’s Carneval-season here in Germany, the time when everyone dresses up for “Fasching”. I just recently watched all the Lord of the Rings/Hobbit-movies and because I liked the elves so much, I decided to make an elf costume. It’s based roughly on the character of Tauriel, though I won’t make an exact copy of her look.
I have inherited stacks of leather and leather sewing tools from my grandfather (my dad’s father). Working with leather is really fun, but only if you have these special tools; without them it’s impossible. So thanks to the tools, I managed to finish the vest and one of the arm guards. The patterns are done with paint markers. I’m no seamstress, but I think the stuff is turning out pretty good :)

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A new (old) Picture!

Yesterday I began working on the next painting. It’s going to be a remake of my painting “Water Power Plant” (2014, Acrylic on Paper).
This time it’s about twice as big (50cm x 124 cm / 1′ 8”x 4′ 2”) and it will be done in oil. I am also trying out a different canvas and some gesso primer. It it works, the paint will look richer and more matted in color than with the other canvas.